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Our Global Strategy Group, which took place last month, centred on Promoting Innovation, and many participants highlighted health as one area where innovation for inclusivity and sustainability is particularly important. People-centred approaches to health are a crucial goal and enabling factor in these efforts.
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Access key results from "Health at a Glance: Europe 2018" in this chartset.
I am delighted to be here today to address the Third Patient Safety Global Ministerial Summit. Let me begin by congratulating the Government of Japan and in particular Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Mr. Katsunobu Kato, for hosting this very important conference and for placing patient safety high on the global agenda.
Congratulations to our co-hosts for convening this timely event. As we have heard from the many distinguished panelists, universal health coverage is the key to progress on the whole SDG agenda.
I would like to congratulate the German Presidency for hosting this first ever meeting of G20 health ministers, and in keeping antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on the international agenda. It is an honour that you have invited me to address you.
Developing knowledge-driven health systems will depend on our ability to use health data more effectively. The OECD is leading the way on managing the potential of health data to improve clinical practice, research, health system management and surveillance. The Council Recommendation on Health Data Governance that you released today reflects international consensus on a set of guiding conditions to achieve these important public goals.
Good health is the foundation for well-being, for labour-markets, and for inclusive societies. We cannot afford to get health policy wrong. The lives of citizens depend on it. To build the health systems of tomorrow, the hard work must start today. Together, we can build the evidence, identify the best practices, and set the vision that we need for stronger health systems, better health policies, and better, healthier, lives.
People-centeredness means treating people, patients, their loved ones, carers and others with compassion, dignity and respect. It means involving them in decision-making about their health and their care. It means doing things ‘with’ people, not ‘to’ them. It means involving people in system design and in policy making.
Health at a Glance: Europe is a diagnostic tool. It presents key indicators of health and health systems in 36 European countries ─ including the 28 EU member states, five candidate countries and three European Free Trade Association countries ─ and is intended to help these countries assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of their health systems.